Statement : Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

July 24, 2019 Statement
"Providing the necessary school buildings and infrastructure for learning is an essential part of the Federal government’s trust responsibility to tribal nations. Funding education construction has been a priority for me and my colleagues on this subcommittee as we crafted our bill. The impact of the condition of school facilities on the educational achievements of students is well-documented. Children need safe and welcoming spaces to be healthy and engaged and ready to learn."
June 19, 2019 Statement
"Today we continue investing For the People with H.R. 3055, consisting of five fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills that offer a brighter future for American families and make American communities safer and stronger."
May 22, 2019 Statement
"The Committee continues our work for the people with the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which would make sound investments to protect the health and safety of Americans, preserve our rich cultural heritage, and conserve our environment for future generations. This bill marks a serious investment in these priorities, with much-needed increases after years of inadequate funding."
May 22, 2019 Statement
"This bill rejects cuts proposed by the Trump Administration, including those that would have harmed the ability of the EPA to keep our communities safe and healthy, defunded the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and decimated scientific research to combat climate change. Instead, we are choosing to make important investments to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink. We are honoring our federal trust and treaty responsibilities to provide for the health, safety, and education of our Native American brothers and sisters. And, we are prioritizing funding to research, combat, and adapt to climate change."
May 15, 2019 Statement
"With increased investments through this Committee, we can rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, protect our environment, and improve the health of Americans. As stewards of the taxpayer dollar, this subcommittee is obligated to make sound investments that protect the health and safety of Americans, preserve our rich cultural heritage, and conserve our environment for the benefit of future generations. The Fiscal Year 2020 Interior and the Environment Appropriations bill marks a serious investment in each of these priorities, with much-needed increases after years of inadequate funding."
May 15, 2019 Statement
"This bill rejects cuts proposed by the Trump Administration, including those that would have harmed the ability of the EPA to keep our communities safe and healthy. The President’s budget defunded the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and decimated scientific research to combat climate change. Instead, we are choosing to make important investments to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink. We are prioritizing our federal trust and treaty responsibilities to provide for the health, safety, and education of our Native American brothers and sisters."
May 7, 2019 Statement
"I have spoken at length about the details of these cuts in the other hearings, but the bottom line is this: the unrealistic funding levels in the Trump budget cause needless worry by the many Americans who care deeply about our public lands, and the federal employees and volunteers who work to protect them. If enacted in its current form—which it will not be—this budget would have a significant negative impact on our Nation’s public lands."
April 30, 2019 Statement
"Much more work is needed to fulfill our obligations to Native America, and the proposed budget cuts do not help."
April 9, 2019 Statement
Good morning, I’d like to welcome to the subcommittee Rear Admiral Michael D. Weahkee, the Principle Deputy Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS). The Rear Admiral testified before this subcommittee last year, and we are very happy to have you back today. Joining the Rear Admiral today is Ann Church, Acting Director of Finance and Accounting, and Rear Admiral (Retired) Gary Hartz, Director of Environmental Health and Engineering.
April 4, 2019 Statement
Testifying on behalf of the Bureau of Land Management is Dr. Brian Steed. Dr. Steed has served as the bureau’s Deputy Director for Policy and Programs since 2017 and is currently exercising the authority of the Director. BLM is responsible for managing more than 245 million acres of federal land, primarily in the West, and its multi-purpose mission is not always easy to balance, as Members of this Subcommittee know well. Despite that, the president’s budget request for BLM is a cut of 12% from the current enacted level, including $126 million from basic, day-to-day operations. That cut will mean fewer resources to manage wildlife habitat, ensure safe and accessible recreation opportunities, and support the sustainable management of our public lands.

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